Several private schools in the national capital opened on Thursday, after the summer vacation ended on Wednesday, with principals and teachers focused on reconnecting with students and making them comfortable, rather than starting full classes and piling up. them with homework and homework.
Several schools including The Indian School, Ahlcon International School, Bluebells School International, Amity International School in Saket, Mount Abu Public School, Modern Public School in Shalimar Bagh and Tagore International School reopened on Thursday with teachers “going slow” with the academic and helping students settle into classes.
In April, the Delhi government ordered public and private schools in the capital to close for summer vacation three weeks earlier than planned amid a devastating increase in Covid-19 cases from April 20 to June 9, suspending all classes. online, except for activity classes and extra classes for older students.
On Thursday, several students said they were relieved to participate in the classes. Anush Malik (13), a 9th grader at the Indiana School, said interacting with his peers and teachers made him feel good. “It was good to attend classes after so many days, because there wasn’t much to do during the break as we couldn’t travel due to the pandemic. Classes keep us busy. As it was the first day, teachers asked about our experiences during the pandemic before proceeding to classes. We didn’t get much homework, just activity and a few questions. ”
Director Tania Joshi explained the reason for the lower workload. “We asked our teachers to take it slow with academics and focus on bonding with children who have gone through difficult times like us, without focusing too much on the negative aspects of the pandemic. Children in all classes observed two minutes of silence in the first period to remember those we’ve lost and pray for those who aren’t well. During our interaction, students shared what they did while on vacation, such as making cards for the elders or praying at home,” she said.
Ashok Pandey, director of the Ahlcon Schools Group, also asked his teachers to do the same. “The whole idea is not to enter the academy right away, but to meet the students virtually and compensate for the children’s isolation. To learn, the first and most important condition is readiness. Children need to be given time to feel comfortable. Some of our kids are very depressed, but in general, when kids get together in a class, it makes a big difference in their psychology,” he said.
First-year class teachers said they focused on experiential learning to engage younger children in the coming days. Gurpreet Kaur, junior school coordinator at Mount Abu Public School, said he organized a welcome activity for preschool and kindergarten students on Thursday. “We had individual sessions with each child to talk to them and develop their communication skills. With regard to the pandemic, we hold storytelling and dramatization sessions, focusing on students’ health and hygiene, such as the use of masks and disinfectants. We don’t want to stress the kids because they’re too young,” she said.